Hello again! So far this month (as of this writing, 10/21) I have only managed to fall behind by one day at a time, and only three times in as many weeks! Here we go with the next five days:
Day 11’s film was almost used on Day 4 (Freeze) but I decided to tackle a different film in the Stephen King oeuvre.
Snow being a huge setpiece in Stephen King’s The Shining (despite his own distaste for the finished film,) the final shot has always resonated with me. Something about Jack Nicholson’s frozen visage makes him almost more menacing than when he’s stalking through the Overlook Hotel brandishing an axe.
Also, I am very excited about the upcoming sequel (based on King’s own sequel novel) Doctor Sleep, starring Ewan McGregor as a grown up Danny Torrence!
“Dragon” was a difficult prompt from a horror movie perspective. While Peter Jackson got his start in campy, gore horror (Bad Taste, Brain Dead aka Dead Alive) the Lord of the Rings Trilogy is still a little too fantasy based.
While, still not TRUE horror, the closest I managed to get was Michael Mann’s Manhunter (the original adaptation of Thomas Harris’s The Red Dragon) has some horrifying elements to it, including an underrated performance by Brian Cox as the original Hannibal Lechter.
Day 13 felt a little on the nose using Evil Dead 2:Dead By Dawn for the prompt “Ash” (being the namesake for the series protagonist…) This is also the 3rd year that I’ve drawn an Evil Dead inspired Inktober entry (2016’s found here.)
Capturing Ash Williams’s breaking point proved to be more difficult than I’d expected. It was the eyes. He looks a little Asian.
But we learn from our shortcomings and next year’s Evil Dead entry will be better. Or different. Or maybe the same. SURPRISE!
The Ruins came out of nowhere. The novel was recommended to me by a friend and the copy was promptly passed between myself and 3 friends when we realized the film was in production.
Author Scott B. Smith (who also wrote the screenplay for the film) was previously known as the author for the 1998 Sam Raimi film A Simple Plan, and The Ruins could not be more of a 180 from the snow-covered pseudo-heist storyline. A group of tourists find their way into a forbidden set of ruins in South America and are basically ravaged by carnivorous plants.
The film diverged from the source material in a few major ways (surprising considering the author was also the adaptor…) but was an entertaining watch nonetheless.
What is more Legendary than the prolific career of super-zombified serial slasher, Jason Voorhees? He’s been to Manhattan (for like 20 minutes) and SPACE!
While some of my favorite entries in the Friday the 13th series are its more ridiculous ones (Part 5: Jason Lives, in which Jason does not live and it’s an imposter, spoilers… I guess… and Jason Goes to Hell, in which Jason only appears for like 5 minutes at the beginning and the end and the rest of the movie involves a soul jumping Jason Spirit in the form of a gross black tongue…) Part 4 will always be the pinnacle of the series, even if it would be FAR from the “Final Chapter.” A young Corey Feldman “stars” alongside a pre-Back to the Future Crispin Glover and the iconic Hockey Mask becomes a series mainstay (after its introduction in Part 3.)